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World Building: The elven world – Europa

09 Aug

The elven world is a near mirror image of Earth, with some minor exceptions in geographic description. There are seven main regions throughout the elven world, with each region having a diverse population. The largest populations exist in Africanis, Asia-interior, and Asia-major. An eighth region exists, but it’s population does not consist of elves, but of frost giants who migrated south thousands of years ago. This is called Southern Artica.

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Europa is a land mass that covers a large area and varying climates. To the north, where the lands of the Nordician and Sammi elves reside, summers can be long and warm, while winters can make the days short and cold. Because of this, both the Nordicians and the Sammi elves have adapted accordingly. Each race of elves is taller, stockier, and physically stronger than many of the other elven races. The only other elven race to equal the size of these two is the Innui, who live in the northern reaches of Turtle Island.

South of the Nordician and Sammi lands are the lands of the Celts, Gaul, and Hispania. It is believed at one time these three elven tribes were one larger community until they began to explore. The Celts eventually settled on a large island mass called Britton, where three main subdivisions of Celts arose; the Welsh, the Scottish, the Irish. The Gaul remained in mainland Europa, settling in the northern shores and occupying the largest area, while the Hispania settled along the western coastlines of Europa (though, some argue that many Hispania and Gaul moved to the more temperate Mediterranean region and became the Mystos).

To the east of the Gaul lands is the lands of the Prussian elves. Larger in stature and physical strength to their Celt, Gaul and Hispania cousins, they are still smaller than Nordician and Sammi elves. Prussian elves have more in common with the Russo and Ukrainia elves to the east, and it is believed that Russo and Urkainia elves traveled west and settled in the region called Prussia thousands of years ago. Today, Russo elves live in a vast region, shared by a few Innui who live in the colder norther climates, and bordering the Tibeta to the east. Ukrainia, meanwhile, borders the Black Sea to the south and many of the Baltic and Romani elves to the south west.

The Baltic and Romani elves share a region just south of Prussian lands, east of Gaul, and border the western edge of the Black Sea. For the most part, Baltic and Romani elves show no interest in military conflict, though individuals have been known to join armies when defence of lands against trolls, orcs, or even dragons takes place.

There is a large island chain in the Mediterranean Sea that is home to the Mystos elves. The Mystos elves (named for the largest city state in the island chain) follow very Greco-Roman laws and politics, and have one of the largest armies in the region; the Erinyes. The Erinyes (or Furies) are rivalled only by the standing military might of the Valkyries of the Nordician and Sammi lands to the north. The island chain of Mystos is close to the Gaul and Hispania regions of Europa, but they are within easy sailing distance from the Kemet Kingdom of Northern Africanis, and the Arabia Emirate on the western edge of Asia-interior.

Within each of the major groups of elven peoples, there are sub groups which should be taken into account. For example, while the Romani elves each have distinct features that would identify them as Romani, there are slight cultural differences. Northern Romani have different cultural, farming, hunting, and food practices from Romani who live closer to the Black Sea and the Mediterranean. This is much like the Celtic elves, who are subdivided into Welsh, Scottish, and Irish. For the longest time, it was believed that Nordician and Sammi elves were the same, as both were larger and physically more powerful than mainland and southern Europa elves. But there are distinct cultural differences between the two. Still, within the Valkyries, both Nordician and Sammi join the ranks. For the Mystos, the cultural differences are within each city state in the island chain. Many of the cities are named for their Earthly counterpart (such as Sparta, Athens, Rome, Troy), though many others are named for regional culture (such as Sicillia, Greco, Italia, Lesbos). The city state of Mystos is considered the capital of the island chain.

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